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The Promise

(The Golden City #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  15 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 9780991508983


April 18, 1906. A massive earthquake has decimated much of San Francisco, leaving thousands without food, water or shelter. Patrolling the streets to help those in need, Army corporal Ben Tilson meets a young woman named Charlotte who touches his heart, making him think of a futu
Paperback, 191 pages
Published by Red Trumpet Press (first published May 19th 2016)
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Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-ro
I thought that The Promise would be as dark and as suspenseful than her previous book (The Lair). It was not the case at all. The Promise is part of the Sinner’s Grove series which is multi-genre: Historical fiction and Contemporary Suspense. This time, we go back in time and visiting San Francisco.

A massive earthquake almost destroys all of San Francisco in 1906. The Promise is following Charlotte Lindemann and Benjamin Tilson that are both in the city at that time but living this event from a
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Warm touching romance set during the the massive destruction of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. There was an emotional connection to the characters and their interconnection with the the people, things, memories, and duty surrounding them. The characters are well developed along with the events and descriptions that were contained within.

I enjoyed getting to know and understand Ben and Charlotte. They both had more going on in their lives and they both pushed to see it through to the end.

I have a deep abiding love for historical books. When I was asked if I would read and review this book I jumped at the chance, especially as it was set in a time period that I wasn’t that knowledgeable about.

San Francisco is rocked by a powerful and deadly earthquake the morning of April 18, 1906. Thousands are left homeless, while thousands more perish in the rubble. The United States Army moves in quickly after the quake to keep order and peace in the aftermath, including putting out fires, fi
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I can't imagine being in the middle of such a horrific mess like a massive earthquake. Scary!!

It's 1906 in San Francisco, and Charlotte Lindermann and her sister Berry are visiting their aunt in San Francisco when the earthquake hits. A chance meeting with Army corporal Benjamin Tilson makes them both wish they met in better circumstances, but when Ben promises to find Berry's doll in the wreckage of their aunt's house, Charlie just hopes she'll someday see him again…with or without the doll. Al
Sue Woodruff
This is the third book in The Golden City series. I did not like this book as much as I enjoyed the first two. This short novel is basically a love story set in 1906 San Francisco during and after the great earthquake. This book is a very quick read, and it does give additional information regarding the series, however, the main characters are all new. I am going to give the series a break for a few books, and then I will try #5 in the series.
EvilAntie Jan
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True love has a way

Of its meant to be it will happen, is a saying that fits this well. Sometimes you just know and this proof of that. Excellent short read based on the aftermath of the Big One '06 quake.
Joe Colosimo
Very good story but predictable.
Jon C. Hooper
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming Story

A nice historical story which is fairly predictable but entertaining. A continuation of previous books with different characters. Wick read
Lynn Cheryl
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-review
Part of the Sinner's Grove series, The Promise is a heart-warming tale of love and hope set against the devastating earthquake in San Francisco in 1906. 

Charlotte 'Charlie' Lindemann is in San Francisco with her young sister 'Berry' Beryl. They are staying with their widowed aunt Marget, who's health and mobility has suffered since the death of her husband and son. Away from home, it's a time of reflection for eighteen year old Charlie. Her sweetheart Richard Klausen wants to announce their enga
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The Promise" by A.B. Michaels is a heartwarming tale that proves if love is meant to be, it will be. Our main characters - Ben and Charlie - are both strong and determined. When they meet, sparks fly. But the timing couldn't be worse. For a story where our lovely couple really don't spend too much time together throughout, I found this story endearing. I enjoyed Charlie's spunkiness yet her vulnerability was sweet. Ben is hunky and a true hero. He does his job as a soldier, but does it with hea ...more
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
The Promise: A Story of the Quake is the latest book the Sinner’s Grove series. As with all the books, this can be read as a standalone.

The story follows Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Lindemann and Corporal Benjamin ‘Ben’ Tilson in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and a chance encounter that will change their lives forever.

It is a testament to the author’s writing that I felt as if I was actually there; transported back in time and experiencing everything with the characters. All the sights, soun
Patricia Hoffstaetter
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
This book is a unusual but interesting historical romance and I enjoyed reading it. The story covers a earthquake in San Francisco, April 1906 and what happens in the aftermath. What you will find in this story is, a massive earthquake, fear, terror, devastation, a window refusing to leave her home and memories, a young woman and her very young sister, a lost doll, a caring soldier, courage, pending fires, family, love and hope. The story--line and plot is well thought out and written, the descr ...more
Elaine Ambrose
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get lost in another grand historical fiction story by A.B. Michaels.

I enjoyed this book, another in the "Sinner's Grove" series, because it provides rich anecdotes, strong characters, and brilliant descriptions of a drama centered around the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. Told in the voices of the main characters, each chapter is creatively written and reveals the tension between the women and men during life-changing events after the turn of the century. The book opens with making
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was asked to review this and am I glad I said yes I loved this story. April 18, 1906 San Francisco is hit by an Earthquake Thousands are homeless while Thousands lost their life in the disaster . The United States Army is called in to make sure everything goes smoothly. The Presidio’s yards become a tent city with streets and shops I enjoyed the way history was put into this story and the love story between Army corporal Ben Tilson and Charlotte . I know when I get more time to myself this wil ...more
David Hall
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievable how she was able to use first person of the two main subjects of this story. I thought this approach was fresh and outstanding.
The story of the 1906 earthquake of San Francisco as the background of a love story was fresh and also informative of what went on during this disaster.
This story didn't drag on forever with missed contacts that seem to be the norm in today's writings, but let the story progress at a pace that kept your interest.
I absolutely loved this book and the way the s
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A native of northern California, A.B. Michaels earned masters' degrees in history and broadcasting, and worked for many years in public relations and marketing. Now that she's an empty nester, she has time to write the kinds of stories she loves to read. Her historical series, "The Golden City," follows characters who make their way in turn of the twentieth century San Francisco. "I love creating ...more

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